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Establishment and validation of an AJCC stage- and histologic grade-based nomogram for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors after surgical resection

Authors Zhang C, Wu Y, Zhuang H, Li D, Lin Y, Yin Z, Lu X, Hou B, Jian Z

Received 4 January 2019

Accepted for publication 12 June 2019

Published 5 August 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 7345—7352


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Rituraj Purohit

Chuanzhao Zhang,1,* Yanxia Wu,2,* Hongkai Zhuang,1,3,* Dezhi Li,1 Ye Lin,1 Zi Yin,1 Xin Lu,1 Baohua Hou,1 Zhixiang Jian1

1Department of General Surgery, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou 510080, People’s Republic of China; 2State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou 510080, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Clinical Medicine, Shantou University of Medical College, Shantou 515000, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Development of an accurate model to predict prognosis for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (P-NETs) after surgical resection is urgently needed.
Methods: In the present study, we conducted Cox proportional hazards regression to identify critical prognostic factors for P-NETs by analyzing data from 2174 patients in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. Based on the results of multivariate analysis, a novel nomogram was established. Finally, the novel nomogram for P-NETs was validated in a cohort of 81 patients from a Chinese institute.
Results: In the multivariate analysis, age, tumor location, American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage, histologic grade, lymph node ratio (LNR) and tumor size were independent risk factors for overall survival (OS) in P-NET patients who underwent radical resection. A nomogram consisting of age, sex, AJCC stage and histologic grade was found to have a concordance index (C-index) of 0.79 for OS in the SEER database, which was significantly higher than the C-index based on the AJCC stage, European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS) stage or histologic grade alone. In the validation cohort, the C-index based on the nomogram reached 0.78 for OS. We also defined high-risk (total points >13.5 based on the nomogram) and low-risk populations (total points <13.5 based on the nomogram) in the validation cohort. We found that the actual 5-year recurrence rate in the high-risk group was significantly higher than that in the low-risk group (80.8% vs 23.4%, P<0.001). Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the 5-year recurrence-free survival (RFS) in the low-risk group was significantly higher than that in the high-risk group (P<0.001).
Conclusion: An AJCC stage- and histologic grade-based model was found to be extremely efficient in predicting survival for patients with P-NETs after surgical resection and deserves further evaluation for future clinical applications.

Keywords: nomogram, P-NET, AJCC stage, grading, overall survival

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